Granny Squares are the New Black!

This past week it’s been all about squares around here. Maybe my crochet subconscious is getting excited about International Granny Square Day next month? ๐Ÿ˜

First up, I returned to the 2014 Look at What I Madeย Block a Week CAL, which I started way back in 2015. After seven blocks I lost momentum and as there are over forty blocks in total, returning to it got a bit daunting! Dipping my toe back in withย Popcorn Paradeย by Melinda Millar. I’m encouraged to note that my skills have improved a lot over the last couple of years, and it worked up really quickly.

I’ve also finished all the Willow squares for my latest baby blanket, twenty in all. Regular readers will know that I am a huge fan of this pattern (from the excellentย 200 Crochet Blocksย by Jan Eaton). I weaved as I went – lesson learned! – and it was so great to be able to just get stuck in to the joining! Hope to finish up within the week.

Finally, yesterday I designed my own granny square! I’m so drawn to create my own designs and always have ideas roaming my mind, but I tend to overthink and wait, then wait some more. This time, I just grabbed my hook on impulse and this is what happened. So chuffed with it! Will write up the pattern in the week and share. It’s called ‘Winter in the Glen’ as I was just back from a walk in the village with my daughters and my original colours were inspired by it (we went for ice cream ahhhh too funny in winter – as a relatively recent Scottish immigrant I still find subtropical winters a huge novelty and delight!). I then worked through my notes in rainbow hues and it made me smile. Crochet makes me very happy ๐Ÿ˜Š

One last thing – what is the difference between a ‘block’ and a ‘granny square’? Is it just the size or is there some more precise definition of each? I must research in preparation for the big day next month ๐Ÿ˜€ Do you have plans for International Granny Square Day?

15 thoughts on “Granny Squares are the New Black!

  1. tonymarkp says:

    Your square design is really beautiful! Well done! All your other projects are also amazing. As far as the granny versus block thing, I think a strict “granny square” is the kind with cluster stitches (ch2, three dc in next space, ch2, etc.). A block is any old square. This at least is what I think, keeping in mind that I’m American and that’s how we think of it in American English. In Spain my crochet friends call everything a granny that is square. So, the word has been borrowed and imported into other languages to mean different things. At this point I guess they’ve become synonyms for a lot of people.

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    • Pam @hooksandhills says:

      Yes I think they are one and the same to most people, too. I always considered a granny just a straight granny as you describe, but I’ve just ordered an entire book of granny squares that are all different kinds of designs under that name so it is now a very flexible descriptor I guess! Can’t wait to see all the wonderful things that appear on International Granny Square Day! I think I will go traditional, in mental colours, to mark the occasion ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your kind words on my design. I will be working on a free PDF pattern of this one once the current pattern wip has passed the testers. I am having a lot of fun. Also neglecting the housework but hey the dust always come back right, and life is short ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. filliefanatic says:

    I love the colours for the Willow baby blanket, they’re beautiful! The design you made up looks wonderful too, I love that it looks like the warm colours in the middle radiate outwards, if that made sense. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Tami says:

    Very pretty square Pam!!! I usually call any square a granny – I have no idea if that’s correct but I think it is the joining of a lot of small squares that create the “granny style”. ๐Ÿ˜€

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